What is this?
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is an extension of the normal limited color range of 8-bits-per-channel standard dynamic range (SDR.) At 10-bits per channel, HDR pixels contain more color information that can actually define the luminosity of a color aside from its RGB values. For screens that are capable of displaying this luminosity data, the images on this page will have have an extended, realistic brightness and contrast that will almost appear as if it’s separated from everything else.
How to see HDR images:
First and foremost you need a screen, (monitor, laptop screen, TV, or mobile device,) capable of displaying HDR10, and you MUST be using Chrome as your web browser. It’s one of the few that (as of 2023) supports AVIF images and can display their HDR color profile. You should have Windows 11 with HDR enabled for an HDR screen, Android with a phone screen rated for HDR (Pixel Pro, Samsung Galaxy Ultra, etc), or MacOS 15+. iOS devices (iPhones / iPads) do not currently support AVIF.
- Theses images were mixed on an M1/M2 Macbook Pro XDR Screen. If you also have one of these Macbook Pros, or the Apple Pro XDR Display, you’re set. Set your screen brightness to between 40-60% for the most visible dynamic range. The images will crush and look flat at 100% brightness.
- If you’re using an LCD-based HDR screen, it MUST have full array backlight dimming capabilities. The most backlight zones, the better. Without a Full Array Backlight, the screen won’t be able to selectively make specific areas of the images brighter.
- If using an OLED-based HDR screen, make sure it can achieve HDR peak brightness levels of at LEAST 600 nits to see a meaningful difference. TV’s with 1000+ Nit peak brightness will see excellent results.
- If the HDR images look kind of flat, or weirdly blown-out, then your screen is not properly configured or does not support HDR.